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Do you provide the user Drill-Downs and Drill-Arounds?
  v2.0 Posted at 1/12/2014 1:05 PM by Rebecca Liu

Users should be able to navigate around your application without having to return to the main menu to open a related form.

Think about a summary report - users should always be able to "drill-down" to track a transaction to its original source.
Think about a data entry form - users should always be able to "drill-down" to the look up table

There are four ways to provide drill-downs:

  1. Preferred - Use buttons to navigate around the application
    SSW Timesheets - Add Timesheet Entry
    Figure: Use named buttons to navigate around the application (Preferred)
  2. Double click the control
  3. Use buttons with three dots - an ellipsis (...) character
    SSW Code Auditor - Path to Scan
    Figure: Good Example - Use ellipses to navigate around the application
  4. Use hyperlinks
    Asset Form
    Figure: Drill-downs implemented as links (an interesting alternative but a bit too much of a visual impact)

Another handy thing to add for users is "drill-around". This is implemented by using a right mouse-click to activate context-sensitive links between related screens.

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